Matthews St, Berkeley
Jess slowly weeding the spiniest of cactus! Photobombed by Jeremiah! Nice.
That’s a beautiful Denmoza x Cleistocactus hybrid! Sweet.
As seen at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.
Do the Christmas Cactus bloom on Christmas?
4″ solitary barrel, undulating ribs, variable spines.
Hardy to 20F
Musicians have been playing with cactus ever since John Cage wrote a piece for cactus many years ago. Probably people were playing cactus even longer ago than that, but there you go – John Cage gets all the credit.
instruments such as marimba and snare drum, but nothing captures attention like playing the spines of a cactus in a pot….
As strange as it may sound to others, Farkas said, cactus playing is a thing in the percussion world — mostly thanks to avant-garde composer and music theorist John Cage. Cage’s “Child of Tree,” composed in 1975, uses instruments made of plant materials, including the cactus.
Best if all this particular article comes with instructions! Now you can know how to play the cactus yourself!
How to Play the Cactus
1. Get a cactus with long, evenly spread spines.
2. Make a contact microphone using a piezoelectric transducer, plug it into an amplifier and attach it to one of the cactus spines.
3. Use your fingers or other objects to pluck or rub the spines to create sound. Bonus points for rhythm without injury.
Another picture of a Parodia nivosa in bloom. So much pretty.
And a bonus photo! Of a perfect fall day in Central Park in New York. Nice!
Large, globular, with white-haired cephalium when mature.
Dominic shares his first bloom off a Cactus Jungle San Pedro cactus in the heat today in Pinole. Nice. Hot.
Hello again Peter,
Hoping you could ID some succulents for me
My gf has been trying to search for their IDs and is stumped.
Appreciate your assistance as always!
You have there a very adorable little Beehive Cactus, a Coryphantha difficilis.
We Are Happy Plants is a band that posts pictures of happy plants on their Facebook page. Like this photo of a car with cactus. Car…. Cactus…. What could go wrong?!?
Rebutia, Weingartia, Mammilaria
Collect them all!
Large Opuntia on Derby St, Berkeley
Flattened globose to 5″ diameter. White flowers with a pinkish tint.
Hardy to 30F if dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
Small, very branchy to 6″; yellow flowers.
Hardy to 20F
Is there any way to grow cactus faster then what they usually grow?
They will grow faster with more heat, more direct sunshine and more water. But if they grow too fast then they are not growing strong and they won’t live very long.
Hope that helps!
Well now that’s an unusual cactus 🌵
From Bolivia ☀
Opuntiodeae tribe of the Cactaceae family 🌋 which means it has glochids, so please be careful when handling it! 📌
It’s a baby Saguaro! So big and full!
Classic giant cactus from the American Southwest. Slow growing. Will grow their first arm around 75-100 years old and can live 150-200 years. Some populations hardy to 15F if dry in winter.
Hardy to 15-20F
Mini prickly pear, pads 1-2″ groundcover
Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Shade
And a bonus mystery cactus flower!
Bloomberg News has.
…The designer’s intransigence put the Annenberg garden ahead of the emerging fashion for low-moisture, naturalistic landscaping on luxurious properties. Burnett embraced aloe, a spiky, flowering succulent that’s a favorite of hummingbirds, and he planted barrel cactus by the hundred….
Well that sounds expensive! But we’re here to help you out. We can plant barrel cactus for you by the singles. If you need hundreds we do have hundreds growing, but I suspect there aren’t a lot of you looking to replace your lawn with hundreds of barrel cactus for the drought. (but let us know if you are….)
These gorgeous Echinopsis eyriesii may be hybrids, but the flower colors do vary naturally so it may be a natural variation.
Rikki is growing Golden Barrel Cactus out in the Santa Maria Valley
And here is the surrounding area in the Valley. Scenic!
Now that’s a classic.
That’s a giant Orchid Cactus Flower.
Epiphyllum is a highly hybridized genus. Do we have any idea what the species of this is? No! Someone may choose to identify the variety by the flower, but we prefer to leave it up in the air. So to speak. Epiphytic Plant Joke! Hah!
It’s a species of cactus that comes from Central America generally. And most of the species we call Epiphyllum are more likely actually Disocactus hybrids. Or intergenic hybrids with other plants from the Hylocereeae Cactus Tribe. But this one I am absolutely positively sure is an Epiphyllum. Or not. I don’t know what those Botanists are thinking these days.
That’s a lot of fancy words for a flower this pretty. Enjoy!
Berkeley cactus garden, Ferocactus stainesii
Brazil; 6″dia. with many offsets, keep dry in winter
Hardy to 25F
53rd Street, Emeryville
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